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The Prince of Egypt performances go ahead – full company announced

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the hit musical based on the classic DreamWorks Animation film, is proud to confirm the complete cast, orchestra and company of 154 who will lead “the huge popular hit” (LBC) back into London’s Dominion Theatre in 16 days, in accordance with UK Government Step 3 protocols (socially distanced audiences), as previously announced.

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT“Brought to life in truly epic fashion” (Daily Mirror), the Grammy® Award nominated musical will resume performances on Thursday 1 July 2021 with tickets currently on sale until Saturday 8 January 2022. Performances between Thursday 1 July and Saturday 4 September 2021 will operate with socially distanced audiences throughout the venue and, thereafter, in accordance with Step 4 protocols (full capacity but in compliance with UK Government public health guidance). Should all current restrictions be lifted earlier, the production will revert to full capacity as soon as practicably possible.

Joining the previously announced Clive Rowe (Jethro), will be new ensemble cast members Catherine Cornwall (a 2019 Bird College graduate), Daniel Luiz (a 2021 Mountview graduate) and Samuel Sarpong-Broni (a 2020 Royal College of Music graduate). All three will be making their West End debuts.

The “utterly stand-out cast” (What’sOnStage) of 46 will be Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah), Alexia Khadime (Miriam), Joe Dixon (Seti), Debbie Kurup (Tuya), Clive Rowe* (Jethro), Mercedesz Csampai (Yocheved), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring** (Nefertari), Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron), Simbi Akande, Casey Al-Shaqsy, Joe Atkinson, Danny Becker, Felipe Bejarano, Pàje Campbell, Catherine Cornwall, Adam Filipe, Soophia Foroughi, Natalie Green, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Kalene Jeans, Christian Knight, Jessica Lee, Oliver Lidert, Daniel Luiz, Jay Marsh, Scott Maurice, Carly Miles, Alice Readie, Samuel Sarpong-Broni, Christopher Short, Molly Smith, Ricardo Walker, Danny Williams, Niko Wirachman and Sasha Woodward together with young performers Cian Eagle-Service, Maiya Eastmond, Jersey Blu Georgia, Taylor Jenkins, Mia Lakha, George Menezes Cutts, Iman Pabani and Vishal Soni. *Clive Rowe appears until 16 Oct 2021 / **Tanisha Spring appears until 18 Sept 2021

The orchestra will be Dave Rose (Musical Director); Mark Collins (Associate Musical Director, Keyboards); Nina Foster/Fiona McCapra (job share), Sonya Fairbairn, Penny Ainscow, Sebastian Rudnicki (Violins); Fiona Davies (Viola); Magda Pietraszewska (Cello); Rory Dempsey (Bass); Rupert Widdows (Woodwind); Tony Cross (Trumpet, Flugelhorn); Duncan Fuller, David McQueen (Horns); John Gregson (Guitars); Murdoch MacDonald (Percussion) and Dan Ellis (Drums).

The Stage Management team will be Anthony Field (Company Stage Manager); Dominique Pierre-Louis (Stage Manager); Ryan Quelch (Deputy Stage Manager); Nuri Chang, Charlotte Johnson (Assistant Stage Managers/Book Cover); Simon Humphris, Chrissie Huxford and Tracey Farrell (Assistant Stage Managers), who, together with a further 84 backstage staff, complete the production’s huge cast, orchestra and company of 154.

Producers DreamWorks Theatricals, Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw said in a joint statement: “On behalf of our authors, creative team and co-producers, we are proud to welcome back our exceptional company of 154 individuals and to once again deliver live performances of this epic theatrical re-imagining of the classic DreamWorks Animation film. While initial performances will be in front of socially distanced audiences, we, as one of the West End’s biggest shows and employers, will need a Government-backed insurance scheme against future COVID-related shutdowns and to move to full capacity at the earliest possible opportunity. In the meantime, we look forward to audiences returning from 1 July to the comfort and COVID-secure environment of the Dominion Theatre.

“This lavish stage adaptation” (The Guardian) of the classic DreamWorks Animation film features a cast and orchestra of more than 60 artists and Stephen Schwartz’s acclaimed score includes his Academy Award®-winning song When You Believe, which was a global hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and the “spine-tingling” (Time Out) Deliver Us. The Original Cast Recording, released by Ghostlight Records, received a 2021 Grammy® Award nomination for `Best Musical Theatre Album’.

Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.

The Prince of Egypt has music and lyrics by multi-Grammy® and Academy Award®-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), a book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan, Pocahontas) and features 10 new songs written by Stephen Schwartz together with 5 of his beloved songs from the DreamWorks Animation film (When You Believe, Deliver Us, All I Ever Wanted, Through Heaven’s Eyes and The Plagues).

The Prince of Egypt is directed by Scott Schwartz with choreography by Sean Cheesman; set designs by Kevin Depinet; costume designs by Ann Hould-Ward; lighting design by Mike Billings; sound design by Gareth Owen; projection designs by Jon Driscoll; illusions by Chris Fisher; wigs, hair and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates; orchestrations by August Eriksmoen; musical supervision and arrangements by Dominick Amendum; musical direction by Dave Rose; casting by Jim Arnold CDG and children’s casting by Verity Naughton CDG.

The Prince of Egypt is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (a division of Universal Theatrical Group), Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw together with John Gore, Tom Smedes and Peter Stern, Ramin Sabi, The Araca Group, James L. Nederlander and Michael Park.

A milestone in cinematic achievement, the classic DreamWorks Animation film has been captivating audiences across the world for more than two decades. It has been hailed as “one of the greatest animated films of all time” (Evening Standard) and “a stunning film” (The Guardian).

Stephen Schwartz (Music & Lyrics) is the recipient of three Academy Awards®, four Grammy Awards®, a Golden Globe® and the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award® for his commitment to serving artists and new talent. He is also a six-time Tony Award® nominee and the recipient of sixteen Lifetime Achievement honours. He is best known for his many successful stage musicals, including Wicked; Pippin and Godspell, as well as for his song-writing collaborations with Alan Menken on films including Disney’s Enchanted; Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. For DreamWorks Animation, he wrote both music and lyrics for The Prince of Egypt. In 1976, at the age of just 28, he had three shows running simultaneously on Broadway (Godspell, Pippin and The Magic Show). A book about his extraordinary career, Defying Gravity, is published by Applause Books. www.stephenschwartz.com

Philip LaZebnik (Book) is an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter and playwright. He has written or contributed to screenplays for many of the most successful animated feature films of all time, including Disney’s Mulan and Pocahontas and, for DreamWorks Animation, The Prince of Egypt. The screenplay for Mulan won him an Annie Award for ‘Best Animation Screenplay’.

Scott Schwartz (Director) is the Artistic Director of the renowned Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbour, New York. He recently staged the international hit production of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame in North America, Japan and Germany. His previous work in London includes Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM! (Menier Chocolate Factory), starring Neil Patrick Harris, and his Broadway hit Golda’s Balcony (Shaw Theatre), starring Tovah Feldshuh. He has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and at theatres across North America with productions including the world premiere of Corey Crim’s Conviction (Bay Street Theater), starring Sarah Paulson and Garret Dillahut, and Larry Shue’s The Foreigner (Roundabout Theater Company), starring Matthew Broderick.

Sean Cheesman (Choreographer) has choreographed for Prince, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah and Britney Spears and won MTV Music Video ‘Best Choreography/Dance’ awards for Michael & Janet Jackson’s Scream and Prince’s Cream, a VH1 Video Award for Prince’s Get Off and a NAACP Image Award for Whitney Houston’s I’m Every Woman. He is now best known for his work on the international television shows So You Think You Can Dance (USA, Canada and UK), Dirty Dancing: Time of Your Life (UK) and Channel 4’s Musicool (UK). He also staged the dance numbers for, and appeared in, The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Born in Canada, he studied at the Alvin Ailey School in New York and landed his first job, aged 17, in Michael Jackson’s Bad music video.

DreamWorks Theatricals (Producer), a division of Universal Theatrical Group, was established to develop and produce live stage productions inspired by the studio’s acclaimed animated films, including Shrek The Musical, Madagascar and The Prince of Egypt. UTG, the live theatre division of Universal Pictures, is currently represented by the musical phenomenon Wicked, which has been seen by 60 million people worldwide, making it one of the most successful theatrical ventures of all time. Universal’s critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Billy Elliot, which won four Olivier Awards and ten Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, ran for 11 years in the West End. Additional credits include the Broadway premiere of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn with Roundabout Theatre Company and the Tony Award®-nominated Broadway production of Bring It On: The Musical.

Michael McCabe (Producer) is an independent, four-time Olivier Award-winning theatre producer in the UK and Tony Award®-nominated on Broadway. West End: Wicked (Olivier Audience Award, 2010 and 2015), which is already the 9th longest-running West End musical of all time; An American in Paris (Olivier Award nomination, ‘Best Musical’); Sweeney Todd (Olivier Award, ‘Best Musical Revival’ and Evening Standard Theatre Award, ‘Best Musical’); Million Dollar Quartet and Spring Awakening (Olivier Award, ‘Best Musical’ and Critics’ Circle Award, ‘Best Musical’). Tours: Wicked 2013/14 and 2018/19 UK & Ireland Tours; Wicked International Tour. Broadway: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Tony Award® nomination, ‘Best Musical Revival’); On A Clear Day You Can See Forever; Lysistrata Jones and Promises, Promises. Michael was the original Marketing Director of Mamma Mia!, overseeing the first 14 international premieres including the 1999 world premiere in London.

Neil Laidlaw (Producer) heads Neil Laidlaw Productions, a theatrical producing and general management company. Most recently, NLP was represented in the West End as producer of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Pinter). He was also co- producer of Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Wyndham’s Theatre); The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios); Annie (Piccadilly Theatre); Oslo (Pinter); Show Boat (New London); Gypsy (Savoy Theatre) and A Doll’s House (Duke of York’s, BAM, New York). NLP also acted as General Manager for Catherine Schreiber Productions on the UK premiere of The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic). Other producing credits include: Tony Roper’s The Steamie (SSE Hydro, Glasgow); Canned Laughter (Scottish tour); Annie (UK tour); The Steamie (Scottish tour, 2009, 2012 and 2017); Jigsy (UK tour); Side by Side Sondheim (Leicester Square Theatre, London); UK premiere of The Musical of Musicals – The Musical! (Sound Theatre, Kings Head Theatre) and Beautiful Thing (Sound Theatre, London – for which Andrew Garfield won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for ‘Best Newcomer’).

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The Prince of Egypt
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AQ

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